Pictured: Bob Walkenhorst
MTH Theater at Crown Center’s A NIGHT ON THE TOWN performance series continues May 18-20 with Kansas City’s own rock legend, Bob Walkenhorst. Founding member and lead singer of the popular Kansas City-based rock band The Rainmakers, Walkenhorst will present an evening of personal songs featuring Melissa Hile on cello.
The Rainmakers, formed in 1983 as a three-piece bar band called ‘Steve, Bob and Rich,’ quickly became popular throughout the Midwest. They released one album, BALLS, under this name. The addition of drummer Pat Tomek allowed Walkenhorst to switch to guitar and assume the role of frontman. The band changed their name to The Rainmakers when they were signed to Polygram.
The band’s self-titled 1986 debut album received good reviews in the U.S. entertainment media, and NEWSWEEK magazine dubbed it “the most auspicious debut album of the year.” It reached No. 87 on the U.S. Billboard Album charts. The album, however, achieved its greatest commercial success overseas. In the United Kingdom, the single “Let My People GoGo”, broke into the Top 20.
A NIGHT ON THE TOWN is an infusion of a nightclub show and theatrical experience. The playing space at MTH is transformed and patrons enjoy a solo performance at cabaret tables, while servers offer drinks and light food throughout the evening.
A vibe and venue similar to what you might see at NYC’s 54 Below, A NIGHT ON THE TOWN was conceived and is curated by MTH producer Tim Scott. “We wanted to create a performance series that would honor Founder George Harter’s long-standing radio show of the same name, while also allowing individual performers a platform to showcase themselves in a unique and innovate setting,” says Scott.
A NIGHT ON THE TOWN with Bob Walkenhorst runs May 18 through May 20. Tickets start at $25 and are available online at mthkc.com or by calling the Box Office at 816.221.6987.